DJ Chark Draft Profile

DJ Chark draft profile

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Speed
  • Double moves
  • Works in the middle and is unintimidated by hitters
  • Body control for late adjustments is adequate
  • Flashed explosive potential with ten touchdowns on just 86 career touches while seeing 36 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards
  • Build-up speed and long strides create winning separation
  • Solid in return game

Analysis: DJ Chark is tall, fast and a linear route-runner who will need a limited route tree his first few seasons in the NFL, but he has the potential to back safeties off the line of scrimmage. He is unfazed running across the middle of the field and will not alligator arm many throws coming his way. He does not run a full route tree, but he tortures corners with double moves, which helps him create explosive plays. Explosive plays are exactly what Chark has done his entire career–He had no receptions in his first two years with the Tigers, but on his 86 career touches, 36 percent of those went for more than 25 yards. He has the big play potential NFL teams covet. His speed alone helps him create separation from some corners. He can make an impact in the return game as well.

Weaknesses:

  • Frame a little small
  • Upright into his routes
  • Gets by with speed and talent rather than route focus and urgency
  • Needs to improve upper body strength
  • Has tendency to slow feet when tracking deep balls and will make adjustments too late at times
  • Ball tracking is unreliable

Analysis: DJ Chark has decent size, but his frame isn’t filled out causing scouts to question his play strength. He is upright out of his stance–this will cause issues at the next level with teams employing more press corners who will knock you off your route at the line of scrimmage. If he can improve his upper body strength, he should be able to combat those physical corners. DJ Chark will not win many 50-50 balls–his ball tracking leaves a lot to be desired on film and is considered ‘unreliable’ in that aspect of his game. The biggest question Chark’s doubters have is his willingness to put the work in off the field. He got by at LSU with his speed and natural talent alone—that won’t work in the NFL.

What the experts say: “He has his moments where you see it, but he just hasn’t been consistent and he hasn’t really gotten a lot better. He’s tall and can run but I’m still torn on whether he is going to make the improvements he needs to bo be an NFL factor.” — NFC team personnel director

Size: 6’3 199lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Terrance Williams

Draft Projection: Round 2

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